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Bjorn and all,

This sounds very interesting, and I'd like to test it out. I don't know much about the Chrome OS and what it can do, but I am evaluating a Chromebook with an HDMI output Jack that I can test before we buy a Chromebox or other media player. Is this something an old Apple fanboy could figure out?  :)

Bryan

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Winooski School District
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Winooski, VT 05404
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On Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 10:12 AM, Bjorn Behrendt <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Kathleen, that is great for the classroom, but as a digital Signage, it may not be as practical. Each apple TV connects to 1 device at a time.     If you have 3 TV's thorough out the school which you want to display information on, you would need 3 separate devices to run each of those TV's.

This is where Digital Signage software, like the Rise Vision software I mentioned earlier, becomes so important as it allows you to centrally manage multiple monitors.    Rise Vision is what you would use to create the presentation and manage what gets shown where.   You still need a media player for each TV.   I am using the cheap Asus Chromebox ($150), but we also had it working with a raspberry pi (the resolution and refresh-rate was not that good with the pi, but it did work).

Here is a preview of what my Lobby screen through Rise Vision looks like:



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On Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 10:01 AM, Kathleen Lengel <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
No separate computer needed to run Apple TV. The Apple TV box gets connected to a power source and to the TV or projector. It connects wirelessly to the network and to Apple devices - iPads, iPod Touches, iPhones, Macs. Lets the teacher move around the room untethered and lets kids project what’s on their screens from anywhere in the classroom. It’s an inexpensive, reliable solution.


On Jan 23, 2015, at 9:57 AM, Bryan Thompson <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

I did think about Apple TV as we use them in the middle school classrooms, but wouldn't we need a separate computer per Apple TV?

Bryan

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On Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 9:52 AM, Kathleen Lengel <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
The combination of Apple TV and iCloud just works. Simple, direct, no drop offs.


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On Jan 23, 2015, at 9:23 AM, Edith Fogarty <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

How about Apple TVs and an iCloud slideshow?

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Bradford Elementary School
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Bradford, VT 05033
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On Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 9:08 AM, Russell Gregory <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Bryan,

I tried the chromecast route on a cheap netbook.  It was an unmitigated disaster :(  the Screen resolution issues between netbooks and new tv's was a bit of a pain to overcome.  

But more importantly, the chromecast failed at really random times, but never quite lasted a day. Once in a while I'd come in in the morning and it would still be casting, but for the most part it went down at some point during the day.

I'm going to look into Bjorn's suggestion...

On Wed, Jan 21, 2015 at 10:03 AM, Bjorn Behrendt <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
We use http://www.risevision.com/, which is a free web-based software that integrates with Google Apps very nicely.    It is a digital signage solution so it can manage multiple displays and times.

It works best when run from a ChromeBox, but I have also got it to work from an android stick and raspberry pi.   

Bjorn Behrendt M.Ed ~ Never Stop Learning
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 ~ VTed.org ~ Vermont's Personal Learning Network

gClassFolders ~ Create Google folders for your class.

On Wed, Jan 21, 2015 at 9:58 AM, Bryan Thompson <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
All,

Our high school is interested in purchasing one to three large televisions to display pictures of kids, slide shows, etc. My Son attends Thomas Flemming in Essex Junction and they do what we want, but only on one television. I'm looking for some ideas how to do this on multiple televisions that may be in a downstairs and upstairs. One idea I have is a $35 chromecast, and a cheap computer. If you do this in your school, could you please tell me what you do, and the estimated cost? 

Thanks,
Bryan

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Swanton, VT 05488

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